Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest on AMI

Show your support for the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch by adopting a sea turtle nest on that has been laid on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. As a premium for your $100 tax-deductible donation a plaque of your choice will be placed in your nest.

We are now accepting adoptions for the 2018 season .

Thanks for the support of this program !!

Free Turtle Talk Tuesdays and Saturdays

FREE Tuesday Morning
10 AM rain or shine every Tuesday Morning during June, July and August CrossPointe Fellowship church,8605 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

9 Am Saturday mornings through August, weather permitting Manatee Public beach in the shade toward the south entrance look for the ATV. Saturday morning talk will include turtle lighting workshop

Come gather with the volunteers of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch as we walk you through a day in our life as we survey for nesting turtles on the beaches along the shores of Anna Maria.
We will present a 30-minute program of fun photos, videos and great funny stories that happened on our nesting beaches. We will answer questions and everyone in attendance will get the skinny scoop on the data, time and location of upcoming nest excavations. ( Every nest is evaluated three days after we see signs of hatchlings coming out). We have free activity books and temporary tattoos with cute little turtles as well as many other free handouts

more here

Lighting guide for beach front property

Lights that shine onto a nesting beach at night can draw turtle hatchlings away from the ocean and off the beach, where they have a slim chance of survival. Beach lights can also scare away females crawling ashore to nest.
Question: How can I make sure my water front property or the water front property I am renting is sea turtle friendly?
Answer: Turn on all the lights at night, go down to the water and look back at your property. Can you see the light? So can the sea turtle. Pull the shade, move a lamp, change the fixture or change the bulb .
For more info click below

Lighting info

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring

For 30+ years Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has coordinated conservation efforts for 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline.  In  three decades, we monitored 7339  turtle activities, protected 4454  nests, 301, 694 turtle eggs, and watched 271,680 hatchlings depart to become a future generation of loggerheads that will return to the region as they reach maturity — in about 30 years.

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The program includes staff, interns and volunteers who have documented the status of shoreline habitat and trends in sea turtle nesting. These data show that nesting by loggerhead turtles has declined, then rebounded in recent years. Nest destruction by both natural and non-indigenous predators has also increased during the same time period.

AMITW & Shorebird Monitoring coordinates with county, state and federal efforts to conserve sea turtles — particularly loggerheads., Manatee and Sarasota County hosts the highest density of loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.

Whether humans respect other species enough to protect sea turtles and their essential habitats will depend on the understanding developed by marine conservation biologists.


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